Join us Thursday, December 3 for Beer and Hymns Jax at The Silver Cow starting at 7:30 pm! Extended Happy Hour and Beer & Hymns open to all! Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in the fun!
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English-style Old Ale. Hibernation Ale is Colorado’s original strong ale — it has been Great Divide’s winter seasonal each year since 1995. Hibernation’s massive flavors are so intense that it requires over three months of aging each year. This lengthy aging process gives Hibernation its revered malty richness, complex hop profile and hearty warming character, which is perfect right out of the bottle or cellared for longer periods of time.
It seems like Christmas rolls around faster and faster every year, and it’s right around the corner from us again. This year we’ve taken our favorite stout, Bomb, and spiced it with cinnamon bark for that iconic holiday aroma and flavor. Celebrate the season!
Pushing the envelope on what Belgian beer can be, the common and traditional taste of the farmhouse rarely pushes double-digits in alcohol content, but Struis’ “imperialized” saison does just that- taking a dry, drinkable and refreshing taste and turning it into a sipper.
Deep with burnt orange and goldenrod hues, the beer’s eruptive carbonation soon builds a creamy meringue while its body churns with champagne turbulence. Each pop of the bottle unleashes a peppery and fruit-laden perfume- over-ripened citrus, tropical and orchard fruit lead the way with a spicy tinge to tickle the nose. Its initial taste is lightly candied but sweet and bready with biscuit and pound cake.
Though the ale carries a hearty level of sweetness onto the middle palate, its effervescence bounces off the tongue and lightens the beer’s body and taste. Fruit-forward flavors stem from the sweetness with slightly bruised orange and peach while light apricot and marmalade play softly behind. Lemon, apple, white grape and fig weave into a vinous wine-like taste. Its spicy balance seems of peppercorn, clove, white pepper and a fleeting drift of nutmeg before the spicy alcohol sings a warm chardonnay tone.
The beer’s medium body probably carries a greater heaft than it seems on the mouth, but the strong bubbly action keeps the session lighter and more playful, but with a stern carbonic bite that suggests a mineral and acidic taste and texture. Its peppery finish hinges on hot and prickling as the alcohol gives the phenolic side of the beer the edge in aftertaste.
“This is %*&@# great! Is it really made with dandelions?” — A typical consumer.
Dany, the offbeat brewer at Fantôme, will try anything, and the results are always interesting. A beer made from dandelions would be worth a try if only because no one has ever brewed one before, but the great news is that this is actually a very good beer.
Dany and some cohorts get busy every spring picking bushels of dandelions that grow in the fields around the picturesque farmhouse brewery. The yellow flowers are removed and dried in the sun, then soaked in water for a few days. The thick, dark dandelion “tea” that results is the basis for the Pissenlit, which is made also from traditional barley malt and hops. It resembles a classic saison beer – golden spritzy brew, strong and very flavorful, with a good hop bite. You may have to strain to taste the dandelions, but you know they’re in there.
“Pissenlit” is the French word for dandelion. Literally, it means “pee in bed,” which we guess describes the physical effect the flower has on French-speaking persons. We are happy to report, however, that we haven’t had any problems with incontinence after downing a bottle of this beer.
Packaging: 750ml cork-finished bottles
Original Sin was born out of the NYC experience. The founders, all NYC’ers, came to see the need for a superior cider, a cider that was clean and complex with a noticeable bite. The quest to create the perfect recipe encompassed both day and night. Day was spent in upstate in a winery, tasting, testing and mixing. Nights were spent in NYC bars, getting feedback from bar owners and patrons. The result, Original Sin Hard Cider was released to immediate acclaim from sources as diverse as the The New York Times, Paper Magazine, and Market Watch.
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